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Robert Baden-Powell

(1857-1941), Major-General and founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell

Sitter in 47 portraits
Baden-Powell took part in numerous campaigns in South Africa, (Zululand (1888) and Ashanti and Matabeleland (Ndebeleland) (1896)), but may be best remembered for his role in the Siege of Mafeking from October 1899-May 1900, which made him a national hero in Britain. Baden-Powell managed to hold the town while severely outnumbered by Boer forces and with barely-trained recruits for 217 days until reinforcements arrived. During the siege, a volunteer cadet corps of boys was created to support the troops and the hospital. This inspired Baden-Powell to found the Scout Movement (1907), and write and illustrate its first handbook, the bestselling Scouting for Boys (1908), which he adapted from his earlier military manuals.

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Robert Baden-Powell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x81083

Robert Baden-Powell

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1912
NPG x81083

Robert Baden-Powell, by James Russell & Sons - NPG Ax46141

Robert Baden-Powell

by James Russell & Sons
platinum print, circa 1916
NPG Ax46141

Robert Baden-Powell, by Vandyk - NPG x129938

Robert Baden-Powell

by Vandyk
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, 22 February 1923
NPG x129938

Robert Baden-Powell, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x16913

Robert Baden-Powell

by Walter Stoneman
platinotype on card mount, 1927
NPG x16913

Robert Baden-Powell, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x357

Robert Baden-Powell

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, 1927
NPG x357

Robert Baden-Powell, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x358

Robert Baden-Powell

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, 1927
NPG x358

Robert Baden-Powell, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x359

Robert Baden-Powell

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, 1927
NPG x359

Robert Baden-Powell; Claude John Perceval, by Unknown photographer - NPG x8893

Robert Baden-Powell; Claude John Perceval

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1929?
NPG x8893

Robert Baden-Powell, by James Jarché, for  Daily Herald - NPG x126838

Robert Baden-Powell

by James Jarché, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 31 October 1934
NPG x126838

Robert Baden-Powell, by James Jarché, for  Daily Herald - NPG x126839

Robert Baden-Powell

by James Jarché, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 31 October 1934
NPG x126839

Robert Baden-Powell, published by Richard Maynard, after  Elliott & Fry - NPG D42842

Robert Baden-Powell

published by Richard Maynard, after Elliott & Fry
lithograph, circa 1900 (1896)
NPG D42842

Robert Baden-Powell, by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie - NPG D2652

Robert Baden-Powell

by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
NPG D2652

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Robert Baden-Powell

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
whole-plate glass negative, 1908
NPG x137667

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Robert Baden-Powell

by James Russell & Sons
photogravure postcard print, 1910s
NPG x198176

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'Soldiers of the King'

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, circa 1914
NPG x193604

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Robert Baden-Powell

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1927
NPG x162611

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